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Ljubljana is a city best experienced at a casual rate, taking in the breathtaking architecture, sitting with a coffee, and enjoying the street music. Although it is a capital city with many hostels, do not expect a spawling city and long hikes from attraction to attraction, the city only has a population of 300,000.
Ljubljana does not suffer from the tourist crush many other capitals experience in the high season. It is still preferable to visit this city after September as the city comes to ice when its student population returns. Locals say that the city is empty during it's summer months, missing the music and people that take its experience from a 8/10 to a 10/10.
The city is small enough that most Ljubljana hostels are located within its downtown core. They seem to mainly cluster around the joint train and bus station north of the main square and river. The nightlife of Ljubljana tends to follow the river, so if you want to be within minutes of the action you may want to look for a hostel advertised as south of the station, although you would be hardpressed to find a hostel more than 20 minutes walk away.
The dragon bridge in downtown Ljubljana(image thanks to Canuck Abroad)
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HI - Ljubljana Youth Hostel / Bit Center Hotel
"HI - Ljubljana Youth Hostel / Bit Center Hotel is the type of place you stay for one night. It is very cheap, but a bus ride out of town, and very basic in terms of amenities. It's right next door to a gym if you feel like improving your fitness. The Location The hostel is really one level of a building that is dedicated to a fitness centre. It's hard to find because it doesn't look anything like a hostel. Even the rooms are obviously...
Celica Art Hostel
"Hostel Celica is a buzzing place to stay for travelers of all types. Although it's quite large, the hostel still has a personal feeling as you'll see the same staff at the reception and bar. It offers plenty of activities and amenities, as well as a good base to explore Ljubljana. The Location Hostel Celica is located in Metalkova, an area uniquely run by the artist crowd. This local culture is expressed in a variety of ways -- between...
"Fluxus Hostel is fabulous. It is not big at all and actually feels more like a big comfortable apartment. The two rooms with bunk beds connect to each other so it is easy to quickly meet everyone staying in the hostel. Other than the two big rooms with bunk beds there is a small room with a double bed and its own bathroom. There is a communal kitchen which has a small table and a television and is stocked with the basic supplies you...
"The Location More like a home away from home than a hostel, Most Hostel is a cosy nook in the heart of Ljubljana, overlooking Ljubljanica river and Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge). The quiet neighbourhood is safe, especially for a lone female, and close to bars, cafes, the open market, and boutique shops. Allow a good twenty-minute walk from the bus station with a heavy pack. Walk along Resljeva street and turn left when you get to Dragon...
Simbol Apartments & Hostel
"it was great and hostel owner was really helpful. was great time!" … "We never got to stay at this hostel, but we tried! We called the owner two days before we arrived and asked if there'd be rooms available. He said there would be and to call him when we arrived. We did this and were chuffed to be driven to the hostel. He then took us to his office and after sitting in there for twenty minutes he told us there were no rooms available....
Hostel Vila Veselova
"Hostel Vila Veselova is really top notch. It has a great feel to it because of the spacious rooms, amenities, and staff. It was nicely renovated about two years ago and is very clean and modern looking. The reception desk is staffed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (after those hours there is a mobile phone number to use that is answered twenty-four hours a day). Bed linen and towels are included in the price as well as a very hearty breakfast. Free...
"Not a good hostel for what they charge. Its a thirty-minute walk to the city center or a five-minute bus ride. There is nothing around the hostel. When I asked about somewhere to eat the only option they could give me was McDonalds! The rooms were nice enough, but no atmosphere. There is no common room. They have two kitchens, which is a sink and a burner, not much else. One last thing that I was really disappointed with was that on all the...
HI - Ljubljana - Hostel Park
"HI - Ljubljana - Hostel Park is situated in the upper floors of Hotel Park but uses the hotel's reception and other public facilities. It has both dorms and private doubles in the hostel section. The Location The hotel is situated on a leafy side street in the east of the centre. It’s a ten-minute walk along Trubarjeva to the Triple Bridge, the heart of the city. Along the way there are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s a...
"Hostel Simbol Castle is located right on the Ljubljanica River near the Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) near the centre of town and is a great place to stay in Ljubljana. The dorms are somewhat unconventional but useful self-contained units with kitchenette, toilet/shower, washing machine and dryer, and table and chairs. The staff are friendly and the place is quite homey despite being a fairly new/newly renovated building. The Location...
HI - Ljubljana - Dic Hostel
"HI - Ljubljana - Dic Hostel, the biggest and cheapest hostel in Ljubljana, is essentially a college dorm. The five-story, secure building is very comfortable although not really homey feeling. It is only open from June 1 until the end of August. It is very large, nice, clean, and spacious. It was built in 1980 but has been renovated nicely. All you can eat breakfast is available for a small fee. The reception desk is staffed all the time and...
"Zeppelin Hostel is close to the train station, has friendly and helpful staff, is very clean, and only a short walk away from the city center. Breakfast is included and free internet is provided. The Location The hostel is easy to find from the main train station/bus station, just be aware it is not directly on the street as highlighted on their website, it's a little bit down a yellow corridor that looks like a dead end on your right....
Alibi M14 Hostel
"Small and quiet but still good fun -- a great find! - Ok, so I was slightly put off by the fact it's on the second floor of an apartment block, having had a bad experience with a similar place in Rome last year, but as soon as I got inside I was pleasantly surprised! This place seems to have been done up very recently (hence the lack of reviews!), so everything is clean, modern, and in working order. Bit of a queue for the one shower, but...
"Extremely Pleasant - Upon arrival, we were offered a ride to the local ATM, rather than having to walk there. In addition, we were given a double room for free rather than a five-bed hostel room. It's those small gestures and that display of hospitality that will stick with me. Clean bathrooms, kitchen, good location, and free wifi." … "… Riding Club; a famous pub Cad; a pub Pri zabarju; a restaurant Grm. PLEASE NOTE: Our...
"… in student's studios and drawing rooms, which gives the hostel a unique character. Our friendly staff will warmly welcome you and gladly provide you with the information about our capital and offer you some useful tips on how to spend your time in Ljubljana in the best possible way. Hostel AVA is open all year round. In the period from 1st July to 30th September when the Academy of Visual Arts is closed for summer holidays we...
"Sax Hostel, one of the newest in Ljubljana, is nicely decorated throughout with a jazz theme (the rooms are named after famous jazz musicians). It's a relatively small hostel and the cool vibe attracts a relaxed, friendly crowd. Staff are welcoming and provide maps and useful information on what to see and how best to get around. They also offer bike hire at a reasonable price. The Location Sax Hostel is in a good location on a quiet,...
"… and relax in the countryside. Visitors can balance the pulsating life of Ljubljana's numerous bars and night clubs with the natural surroundings of the Mostec Woods, explore vibrant cultural sites or lie in the grass and relax in Park Tivoli listening to the chirp of birds. We offer beds in our dorm for 6 or 12 people and private rooms that can accommodate 2-5 persons. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and other...
"Not so great - The only good thing here was the location ... Never ever ever book the twin room, we ended up next to the living room, which had giggly girls and drunk guys in there in the night, so forget to sleep. Also there was no window we could open which is terrible when it is very warm. The window that was there, didn't have a curtain so light from the streets was entering 24/7. The showers were dirty and smelly. When we wanted to check...
"… a Vienna Secession building, it offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms. All rooms can be opened via a card or a bracelet. Dormitory rooms have been rearranged into smaller vaults in order to provide more intimacy. Enough showers and toilets can be found on every floor. Guests can relax in 2 common living areas and a dining area. A grocery shop is in the same building, while a restaurant serving local and international dishes...
"Cheap and dirty - The good -- Cheap, Good location, Has a small parking lot close by and a big one farther away, You get free parking. Friendly staff. The bad -- The room was dirty (It looked like parts of it never get cleaned), The light in the corridor was not working and it was dark, The toilet was smelly. In terms of cleanliness and overall condition this was certainly one of the worst places I ever visited." … "… 2 days...
Hostel Trubarjeva 54
"… you pay any taxes. We offer a private room with two single beds with a small balcony, a private rooms with a single bunk bed with a small balcony and a private room for three. A mixed small dorm is available for 4 and a dorm (6 beds) that has a door to a big balcony/terrace. There is Wifi in all rooms and what you will like the most is that the rooms are spacious and you get a key to safely lock your door for private rooms or a key...
"Tivoli Hostel is situated in the centre of Ljubljana opposite the Tivoli park. It welcomes all kinds of travelers, adventure seekers and backpackers. We are all travelers by heart, we like to hang out with our fellow travelers and know just what your needs are. We offer everything you need! Our main goal is to offer a relaxed, clean and comfortable accommodation for our guests and to provide them with a wide variety of activities according...
"… 5 EUR -No curfew -Book exchange -Lockers in dorm rooms -Contact with taxi services -Common room -Non-smoking rooms -Any additional help with planning your holiday in Slovenia -TV room -Kitchenette Please Note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00 . Check out from 07:00 to 10:00 ....
"… is one of the few bridges in Europe, where the trees grow and the entire surrounding of the hostel, due to the greenery and the confluence of the creek Gradascica and the river Ljubljanica is simply magical. The name Vrba in translation means Willow tree. Hostel Vrba Conditions & Policies: Check in time is from 2 PM till 9 PM Check out time is 8 AM till 10 AM Payment types: cash, credit cards, debit cards. This...
Alibi Hostel Slovenia
"HI - Ljubljana - Alibi Hostel is in the best location in Ljubljana. It has a hundred beds on three floors. There is free internet and wi-fi is throughout the building. The front desk is staffed at all times by very friendly and helpful people.They don't offer breakfast. This hostel accepts credit cards. There are colorful and somewhat startling murals on the walls that may not appeal to everyone. It can be very noisy and there is a party...
"Kind receptionist, and good with free laundry -- TERRIBLE mattress - Pros -- Tamara (the caretaker) is kind and helpful. Free laundry is a good perk. Common area with kitchen is good for social interaction and for cooking, though the TV there is stone age. Two fridges helps! It's cheap (9 EUR including the tourist fee per night). Cons -- The bed I slept in probably has one of the worst mattress I've ever slept on in any hostel, and I've been...
Hostel pri Janezu
"… in the hostel, where you can cook yourselves some meals, coffee or tea or even wash your clothes in our washing machines. Those of you coming with a car will cherish the free parking and the possibility of washing your car by our staff. We speak: Slovenian, English and Croatian. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay....
"For an HI hostel, this place is quite nice. It's about a 10 minute walk from the train/bus station and another 10 to the town center. The reception is open 24 hours and the owners are nice (assuming they understand what you are asking). Internet is free if you wait to get on it. There is no real common room, though there are benches outside and a basketball court. Apparently, the buildings are student dormitories during the school year....
"… giving you all the information you need to spend at the best your time in our city. You will feel like in home! Special offers : * Free transfer from bus/train station to the hostel! (contact us prior to arrival). * 1 welcome meal * Free internet 24h * Free parking Please note: Cancellation Policy: 3 days before the arrival Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash only Check In: 13.30 pm - 20.00pm Check Out:...
Hostel Rooms Ljubljana Vodmat
"In a traditional building in perfect last century 60s socialist style, you can rent a bed or a room for a day or more. We do not offer anything special, just room. Wish to have quiet guests. Rooms are refurbished, furniture is restored, equipment is modest. We offer single, double and triple rooms with wash basin. Shared toilet and bathroom. Discounts available for monthly rents. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Late...
"Hostel Azur is a random little hostel -- quite a ways out of the city center and located on top of a pizzeria. Its a big orange building that says Azur but has no mention of a hostel so follow a map to the street name and just look for the big orange building. It's a relatively small hostel, with staff that's friendly but barely visible. This is the kid of place that requires booking ahead so someone can meet you to let you in, or else...
"… the arrival Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash / credit cards Check In: 14.00 pm Check Out: 12.00 noon Breakfast not included. Taxes are included EXCEPT local tourist tax. Local tourist tax amounts to 1,01 euro per person per day. Our reception is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. *Late check-in* If you plan to arrive between 10pm and 6am (overnight) you MUST inform us by email or phone in order to coordinate your check-in....
"… in the very center of Ljubljana, more precisely on Trubarjeva Street and with all the touristic sights only few minutes walking distance away. The apartmenthas an accommodation possibility for up to 5 people and consists of a two- and three- bed room, which are furnished with a double bed, wardrobe, drawer, desk anda sofa. Both rooms are supplied with an Internet connection, which is free ofcharge and a Cable / Satellite television....
"… two bads rooms with kichen and toalets in modern arhitecture and one big apartment (106 m2) with 2 rooms for two bads, kichen, toalet, wc,and big dining room where can also two peopel sleep in old civic arhitectur with modern confort. Apartments are located in old big hause, adapteted 2008, just 12 minutes walking from city center. In nearness are shops,bank, park Tivoli. Most popular walking citypark Tivoli is just seven...
My Ljubljana Home
"… Ljubljana botanical garden, neighbored by embassies and rafts where you can enjoy Ljubljanica river with a glass of your favorite drink. The apartment is located under the castle hill, on the outskirts of the old city centre. Within waking distance you can find the castle, museums, cultural & congress centre, vibrant embankment with numerous bars, the cathedral, the market (esp. on saturdays), various buildings designed by the...
"… Mariss, situated in ground floor of Traditional city Villa, located just a stone's throw away from the town centre in a quiet area of the city. We offer peaceful ambience with a small green park just across the street. Studio apartment (one room) for 2 persons (+2extra sofa beds) with private kitchen and a private bathroom with shower. The apartment is nice, clean and bright, completely renovated, ful furnished and equiped with...
Cosy Apartment T68 Ljubljana
"… Ljubljana, Law faculty of Ljubljana and several institutes. In the apartments are a double bed (140 x 200 cm) in the gallery under the beautiful old style arch and a sofa in the living area , which can extend into a comfortable spare bed (140 x 200 cm). The apartments have a dining corner and kitchen utilities and a bathroom with shower, washing / drying machine and a hair dryer . They ware recently renovated and newly equipped....
"… distance to main railway and bus station is a about one kilometer. It is also close to the station 'BICIKELJ' where tourists can borrow a bike for a very cheap price. The nearest supermarket Mercator is 100 m, a smaller market in Blue Lagoon is located approximately 350 m from the apartaments. Each apartment has its own parking area beside the house, protected with a fence. It is a very appropriate parking for motorcyclists....
"This place has everything! - My girlfriend and I stayed here when in Ljubljana for the marathon. This place has everything you could possibly want. Full kitchen with tea, coffee, herbs and other basics, complete bathroom with washing machine and washing powder, TV and DVDs, plenty of books, travel guides and maps, bikes, and a comfortable double bed. Plus it's in a great location, particularly for the race. And it's also clean, very nice, and...
Apartment Trnovo Ljubljana
"… 3rd person, along with the beddings. The bathroom is fully equipped with a sink, mirror, toilet, bath-tub and towels. On the balcony there is a bench where you can have your morning coffee and enjoy the view. Free use of a computer, Wi-Fi and bicycles is included, there are also books and games, or you can take a long bubble bath. Check-in is after 2pm, check-out until 11am. You will get the keys at the apartment. Please...
Feel at home in Ljubljana
"… or you can just enjoy your free time in the apartment, where you will feel comfortable and at home. If you want we can guide you through town and show you the best known spots, restaurants, famous buildings.. In the apartment there are bathroom, kitchen, big hall and two rooms -one bedroom and the second one a living room, where two more people can sleep. Two and four person will feel comfortable in the apartment. Also families...
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Ljubljana Travel Tips & Suggestions
Ljubljana is one of the most surprising cities in Europe! I arrived there with no idea of what that city was about and I felt in love with it! It is a small city, easily walkable, and perfect to hire a bike and get lost into its pretty, cozy streets. There's music, artisans, and artists in every corner. There is good food at reasonable prices, super kind people, and lots and lots of party! You can choose between relaxing cafés, cool pubs, high level discos, and, for me, the best atmosphere in Ljubljana -- Metelkova street. If you like underground style -- but the real one -- and meeting interesting people, just go there! I totally enjoyed it! I wish I lived in Ljubljana just to party in Metelkova every weekend!
This is the shittiest city with the most rude people possible!
Ljubljana is an amazing city. Much of the old world charm is in this quaint little place. Yet it also caters to the international tourist market. There are plenty of souvenirs and gifts to choose from -- the toys for kids are a little bit pricey though. The delicacies that are available in the open market are great for gifts. For those who want music, booze, and kitsch art, check out Metelkova City.
I loved Ljubjana. The old town reminded me of a mini Prague with the buildings all having so much character and charm. I found the people of Ljubljana to be very friendly and helpful, though I would suggest being careful when getting in a taxi. Agree on a fare before you start your journey as I was charged massive amounts for small trips. Ljubljana is a re-freshing city as you can walk straight into an enchanting woodland area from the old town. Another thing I noticed was the welcome lack of tourists! This is a positive feature, especially when I think to how places like Rome, Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, and London get.
Ljubljana is a lovely city. Accommodation wasn't too cheap, but most everything else was. Totally non threatening. I though the nightlife was a bit limited. Well worth 2 or 3 days. Easy to get to Bled, or train to Zagreb or further. Much more a local city than an international destination.
Ljubjana is a wonderful city. It is clean, compact, and has gorgeous architecture. It is an amazing combination of East meets West and old and new. There is a castle upon a hill overlooking gorgeous new achitecture. You can eat Mexican food or smoke hookah at a Morroccan-inspired bar or you can see a traditional Eastern European church. The city is compact, so you can walk everywhere and the people, while reserved, are polite and they all speak English. The best thing about Ljubjana is that it is not yet touristy.
Ljubljana is a great place to visit for short-break. It really does live up to it's tag of "Little Ljubljana" as the town is very compact and if you are not planning to visit any museums, you can easily walk around and see all of the sights in one day. It is very centrally located in Slovenia though so there are many day trips that could be made from the town. I would say that within a couple of hours in any direction from Ljulbjana you would be close to Slovenia's borders. One of the easiest places to get to is Bled. A bus leaves the main bus station and takes about one and a half hours. The buses are often busy in summer so it's advisable to book in advance – the staff at the station speak very good English. The lake at Bled is very picturesque and a walk around it would take a couple of hours. Vintgar Gorge also a good place to visit, but it's a bit of a trek to get there if you miss the tourist bus which leaves Bled at about 9:30 a.m. and returns before lunch.
Ljubljana is a nice capital city to relax in. You'll probably want to stay near the old town, as the rest of the city is pretty standard stuff. Try the walking tours from near the tourist center and also look for the antique sales that line the river on weekends. There are free concerts/events occasionally in the summer as well (every night in 2003) - very fun.
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